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Condolences to the family of Ashley Betty Watson (Wade)


Ashley Betty

July 7, 1996 - January 15, 2021

It is with mournful hearts that our family announces the passing of Ashley Betty Wade on January 15, 2021 at the age of 24 years. Ashley enjoyed her time with family and friends, she was the first to laugh and the last to stop, the strongest voice in her beliefs and the greatest constitution. Her bright and bubbly personality will be sorely missed.
Ashley is survived by her life partner Treya Billet, her mother and father Jackie and Clint Watson, her siblings Steven, Kayla (Curtiss), Morgan (Kordell), Michele (Cody), Nicole (Alex), and nieces Lexi, Klara, and Ellana, as well her grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, who all feel the heartfelt sorrow of her passing.
Ashley grew up in Drumheller attending DVSS and graduated in 2014. From there she began a grand adventure living in Drumheller and then Saskatoon. Spreading her effervescent personality to all she came in contact with. Her cheerful attitude made her an amazing aunty, she demonstrated this through unending patience and unconditional love toward her nieces. When it came to her family she was always a phone call away. She made every room feel like home, her untimely passing has created a void in the lives she touched that will never be quite filled.
There will not be any funeral services for Ashley at this time. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the funeral arrangements 403-823-2666.

Condolences to the family of Madelyn Sherman



November 7, 1924 - January 19, 2021

Madelyn Sherman, born November 7, 1924, in Chester Basin, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, to Lorenzo and Olla Joudrey, passed away peacefully at the Drumheller Health Centre on January 19, 2021. She was predeceased by her husband Ernie and eldest son Darrell. Madelyn grew up with five brothers (Maurice, Chuck, Harry, Burchell, and Glen) and one sister (Peg). She and Ernie met in Halifax while Ernie served on a Canadian Navy Corvette for the North Atlantic convoys during WWII. After the war, she returned with dad to Calgary, moving to Drumheller in 1950 where they raised their boys and operated an upholstery and furniture business until retirement in the late 1980s. She was an active member of Royal Purple, serving one term as District Governor, and often a special nana or bonus grandma to children of family and friends. Madelyn is survived by her son Brian (Judy) Sherman, adopted grandchildren Sandy (Michele) & James Brown, and great-grandchildren Amanda, Tyler, Matthew and Alexandra Brown, and numerous nieces and nephews who are spread out from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. Mom was a long-term resident of the Drumheller Sunshine and Hillview Lodges and we would like to thank all of the staff and wonderful caregivers of those facilities for their care and attention to mom for the past 15+ years. At mom’s request, there will be no service.

Condolences to the family of Norma June McConkey (nee Elkins)


(nee Elkins)
Norma June

June 30, 1930 - January 19, 2021

Norma McConkey, resident of Grande Prairie, AB, formerly of Qualicum Beach, BC, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at the QEII Hospital, at the age of 90 years.
Norma was born Norma June Elkins on June 30, 1930, in Drumheller, AB, to Carrie and Ernest Elkins. Norma had one sibling, a younger sister Audrey Marie. Norma grew up in Drumheller, where, after completing high school, she started a career at Stedman’s Department Store. She soon met and married Joseph Hillard McConkey, and the two were married on December 12, 1951. In 1972, Norma and Joe moved to Grande Prairie. Joe worked with Alberta Power and Norma with Sears. In 1987, they retired to Qualicum Beach, on Vancouver Island. After the passing of Joe in 2017, Norma returned to Grande Prairie to be near Rob.
Norma had a very outgoing personality and vivid sense of humour, which would be on display from time to time while working at Sears. Along with Maureen Sallows and Jean Olsen, the three ladies were always up to something.
She loved to garden, especially in Qualicum Beach. If a weed popped up, Norma would be in her yard digging it out. She, along with Joe, faithfully served at their church in Qualicum Beach. Norma loved church and her Lord Jesus.
Norma is survived by her children: Daryl Wayne McConkey of Drumheller; Robert Kendall McConkey of Grande Prairie, and Brenda Marie Clements of Kelowna, BC; Norma is also survived by her sister Audrey Cameron of White Rock, BC; her four grandchildren: Davro Joseph Clements (Chontay) of Midland, Texas; Cole Ole Clements (Kelsey) of Red Deer, Alberta; Breeann Marie McConkey-Franke (Dylan) of Grande Prairie, and Kaidy Marie McConkey-Dunn (Brandyn) of Grande Prairie; Norma was also blessed with 5 great-grandchildren, the youngest of which was born just 2 days prior to her passing: Nora Marie Rose Franke, Finnian Cole Franke, Remington Marie Dunn, Winston George Dunn, and Peyton Marie Clements.
Norma was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Joe, on September 26, 2017.
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